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Federation of Catholic Schools Receives Grant for Collaborative Evangelization Projects

posted Mar 26, 2013, 7:54 AM by Cara Koen

The Koch Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery to fund supplies and materials in support of several outreach programs.  These funds will assist with the Federation’s ability to spread the message of hope and acceptance among Northeast Deanery schools and parishes.

The Koch Foundation grant has a special focus on evangelizing schools, which supports one  of the main areas of responsibility that the pastors and principals have identified for the Federation of Catholic Schools: To increase the viability, affordability, and accessibility of Catholic elementary schools for children of all faiths in accord with the mission of Catholic schools to evangelize and also achieve a greater degree of stability and sustainability for Catholic education in the Northeast Deanery.

Specifically, the funds will be used for materials needed for Federation programs including Professional Learning Teams (PLTs), joint marketing efforts surrounding the Catholic Schools Week open houses, Fine Arts Night, Summer Academy, and bus transportation for shared field trips.

“We are grateful to the Koch Foundation for their decision to award this grant in support of our programs,” said Father Mike Henning, pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish and pastoral representative for the Federation. “Receiving these funds is not only a great financial help, but also a strong sign that the collaborative work of our North County parishes on behalf of Catholic schools is more widely supported from outside the communities we serve.”

In 1979, the Koch Foundation was established by Carl and Paula Koch to fund evangelization activities of the Roman Catholic faith throughout the world. Their mission is built on the Koch's vision "to strengthen and propagate the Roman Catholic faith by providing grant support for a wide variety of evangelization efforts."